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Have a Ground Spider Problem?


There are over 2000 known species of Ground Spiders and many of those can be found in North America. Most are small and brown in color. Some are solid in color and others have darker markings.

The Ground Spider does not spin a web but instead lives on or near the ground, usually under leaves, logs, rocks, or other hiding places. It rests during the day and hunts at night, aggressively hunting its prey. It will come inside in cooler weather and in search of prey. During the day it will rest in dark places such as closets and shoes, venturing out at night to hunt.

Although the Ground Spider will bite, it is usually because it felt threatened. Its venom is not toxic to humans.




1/3″ – 1/2″


Despite their often large and hairy appearance, Ground spiders are not considered to be dangerous spiders. As with most spiders, they do possess venom, and a bite may cause some ill effects. However, they are quite reluctant to bite, and will usually try to run away rather than be aggressive.

Control Advice

Limit vegetation and move firewood piles away from the house, and install tightly fitting screens on windows and ventilation openings. Reducing the number of insects coming indoors will reduce the spiders that come inside hunting for them.

Active Seasons

Ground Spiders are most active in spring, summer and fall.

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